Hack 9 says if you don't like the debate out there, create your own: hold and film hearings on any subject you choose. I didn't think people in Washington were hearing the net very well, so I asked people I respected like Yochai Benkler, Larry Lessig, and the team of Farber and Cerf to come to where I work and give talks. They all spoke truthiness to power (though in Washington you can never be sure the power is switched on), but I certainly enjoyed hearing what they had to say.
Like the other hacks, this works at any level. The more obscure the governmental body or issue, the more likely your alternative hearings will look important and maybe even reach through the fog and change a vote.
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